Wonkette is dead — long live Wonkette.
Ana Marie Cox, the writer who made Washington politics irresistibly naughty, is giving up her job as a full-time, pajama-clad blogger to become a full-time, pajama-clad author. Cox, who just signed a contract for her second book, will hand off the political Web site to David Lat, the lawyer who secretly penned Underneath Their Robes, an irreverent blog about the judiciary world.
Law Blog adds to the story here:
Here’s the latest buzz: Queen of the blogosphere Ana Marie Cox is said to be handing over the reins at her spicy political blog Wonkette. David Lat, the federal prosecutor who revealed himself to the New Yorker magazine in November as the author of the popular “Underneath Their Robes” judicial blog, is expected to start blogging for the site. Lockhart Steele, managing editor of Gawker Media, which owns Wonkette, declined to comment. We hear that Lat will have a co-editor.
The new law blog at the Wall St. Journal reported Monday that Ana Marie Cox will be leaving Wonkette and replaced by David Lat, the male prosecutor who authored Underneath Their Robes pretending to be a female named Article Three Groupie. Lat has left his job with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Newark to write Wonkette.
I’ll be sure to miss Cox over at Wonkette. Call me a sexist, but her sex-laden reporting style of inside-the-beltway issues is unlikely to be as attractive to me with Lat sitting in the driver’s seat. I’ll miss both panda pics and butt plug commentary with the same sense of loss.
One positive I note is that her loss will likely be a gain for HoT, as our already exponential traffic growth is certain to benefit from Cox’s departure.